Introducing RARI: A Pan-African Community for Emerging Poets

Introducing RARI: A Pan-African Community for Emerging Poets

I spoke with Rari's founder and my friend, Esther Edoho, who's a poet (I interviewed her here). We discussed the birth of this project, the skilled, talented people on her team, Rari's future, and Rari's free poetry workshop among other things.

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23 Middle-Grade Books Set in New York City

23 Middle-Grade Books Set in New York City

Middle-grade books set in New York City, or really all things set in NYC tend to be the perfect dreamy indulgence. It seems that everyone on television wants to move to New York. That's why we can't get enough of media set there. Oh, and long time, no book list! It feels so weird to have not created any book lists in a long time. I'm still traveling, but this one just couldn't wait because I'm headed to NYC very soon -- for the first time too! Books like Some Places More Than Others have added a couple of places to my "to visit" list, and so will the books on this list.

Jennifer Camiccia, Author of the Memory Keeper, on the Link Between Science and Storytelling

Jennifer Camiccia, Author of the Memory Keeper, on the Link Between Science and Storytelling

In this interview, we chat about why she wrote about such a strong grandparent-grandchild bond, parental mental illness, HSAM (Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory), and why science and storytelling will always be linked to her. Of course, we talk about more fun stuff like traveling and horses.

October 2019 Book Releases: 9 Books to Read This Month

October 2019 Book Releases: 9 Books to Read This Month

With a new month comes new releases — say hello to October 2019 book releases! Fall has been great for publishing so far and the goodness is continuing through October. I almost skipped out on writing this month's lineup because I'm currently traveling, but I'm way too excited about these books not to share.

Author Jamie Sumner on Her Middle-Grade Debut, ROLL WITH IT, Baking, and Writing About a Child with a Disability While Raising one.

Author Jamie Sumner on Her Middle-Grade Debut, ROLL WITH IT, Baking, and Writing About a Child with a Disability While Raising one.

Jamie and I discuss her choice to write about a child with cerebral palsy, the inclusion of a grandparent with Alzhiemer's, baking, and how she makes time for writing despite a busy schedule. We also talked about how others can show more consideration to people with a disability.

REVIEW | Roll with It

REVIEW | Roll with It

Twelve-year-old Ellie is a sassy, determined baker. It just so happens that she also has cerebral palsy and has to use a wheelchair. Her dad couldn't deal with her being ill at birth (and for months after), so he pretty much skipped out on her and her mom who's been her #1 advocate. When Ellie's grandfather's Alzheimer's takes a turn for the worse, Ellie and her mom move into her grandparents trailer in Oklahoma to help out for six months.

REVIEW | 10 BLIND DATES

REVIEW | 10 BLIND DATES

Sophie is looking forward to getting time away from her parents for the holidays. They're visiting her heavily pregnant sister over the holidays. But she's especially happy because she's looking forward to spend time with her boyfriend, Griffin. So she's thrown for a loop when she overhears Griffin discussing his desire to break up with her -- and then of course, she breaks up with him.

REVIEW | TIGHT

REVIEW | TIGHT

Bryan loves comics and hanging out with his mom -- and even his big sister sometimes -- with no drama. His dad has a temper and has been in jail for some misdemeanor. Now though, he's on parole, and it seems like things may be looking up. But when a new boy his age, Mike, worms his way into Bryan's family, it appears Bryan may have a new friend.